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“The German Girl” – Author Visit with Armando Lucas Correa
Oct28

“The German Girl” – Author Visit with Armando Lucas Correa

“The story has nothing to do with me. Yet it is a story that has lived with me all my life,” said Cuban/American author Armando Lucas Correa, as he prepared to present his latest book (his debut novel) “The German Girl” to a packed house of lovers of good literature— a presentation brought to Durham Region by the Whitby Public Library in association with Blue Heron Books. The event was hosted by “Living Underground” author Ruth...

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Town of Ajax First “Diversity & Inclusion Conference”
Oct25

Town of Ajax First “Diversity & Inclusion Conference”

One of the most recent examples, personally, of the inability of certain individuals in Durham Region to deal with and understand diversity took place while I was waiting with my then teenaged son to be interviewed for a position with the Durham Regional Police Leadership program. There were a few of us— parents and their teenaged kids— sitting around benches in the lobby waiting our kids’ turn to be called in. It was early in the...

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Ed2Go Online Courses: Free Education through Pickering Library
Oct10

Ed2Go Online Courses: Free Education through Pickering Library

A few months ago, while looking for ways to improve on business skills, a Pickering Library employee mentioned their Gale Courses. It sounded too good to be true: Having the opportunity to enrol in a six-week online course and being able to learn in a structured, instructor-led environment…FOR FREE. I thought, “Why not?” After all, I do enjoy learning and how often do you get a chance to do this for free? Four courses later,...

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Latino-Canadian Emerging Talent: Chantel Collado, “La Princesa de la Bachata”
Aug17

Latino-Canadian Emerging Talent: Chantel Collado, “La Princesa de la Bachata”

Upon first meeting up-and-coming Toronto Latin artist (of Uruguay/Dominican parentage) Chantel Collado for a quick interview prior to her performance at the Panamerican Food Fest at Dundas-Yonge Square this past weekend, I honestly thought “This is what meeting Tejano legend Selena Quintanilla must’ve felt like.” After seeing her perform live (something we’d never done before)— in particular one of Selena’s hit songs, and...

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Rediscovering Harbourfront Centre
Aug15

Rediscovering Harbourfront Centre

We decided as a family to attend one of Harbourfront Centre’s many weekend festivals, “Ritmo y Color”, a few weeks back. Many of you know that coming from Durham Region, as from any suburb surrounding the GTA, this is sort of a rare treat: to go spend the day in the city and walk around as “Tourists for the Day” kind of thing. What I found out that weekend, after a couple of years absence, was that this was almost a brand new...

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Enjoy Your Summer with Live Music in Durham
Jul04

Enjoy Your Summer with Live Music in Durham

Full Disclosure: There is nothing that makes me happier than to spend a warm summer day or evening listening to good live music while enjoying the outdoors. Last month we listed our 2016 Edition of Alma Latina’s Top 10 Summer Festivals in the city— hopefully you have enjoyed a few good ones that have already happened. But if all you want to do is listen to music— any music— then you’re in luck because Durham Region offers many a...

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